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HTMLNLRB Strikes Healthcare Facility Conduct Rules
Bonnie L. Martin; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 28, 2016, previously published on July 6, 2016
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has provided clear signals that the unique, patient-centric environments of general hospital and medical centers—and even surgical services and perianesthesia departments—will not justify any departure from its sweeping decisions striking...

 

HTMLIt’s (Not So) Sunny in Philadelphia [for Employers]: City Enacts New Prohibitions on Credit Checks
Gustavo A. Suárez, Stephen R. Woods; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 28, 2016, previously published on July 7, 2016
A new Philadelphia ordinance amending the City’s Fair Practices Act goes into effect on July 7, 2016. The amendment severely limits an employer’s ability to procure and use credit information on most applicants and employees and also limits references to credit checks on an...

 

HTMLNo Texas Hold 'Em: Fifth Circuit Allows Texas to Challenge the EEOC Enforcement Guidance
Jennifer Peck Woodruff; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 28, 2016, previously published on July 7, 2016
A somewhat surprising decision in favor of the State of Texas was handed down from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on June 27, 2016, which held that (i) Texas had standing to challenge the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest...

 

HTMLLos Angeles One-Two Punch Revisited: More FAQs on the New Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Ordinance
Leslie E. Wallis; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 28, 2016, previously published on July 11, 2016
On June 1, 2016, the Los Angeles City Council passed an ordinance impacting employers in the city of Los Angeles and mandating paid sick leave beyond that which is required under the recently passed California statute (Cal. Labor Code section 245, et. seq.). The ordinance, which took effect on July...

 

HTMLPortland’s Ban-the-Box Law Takes Effect, Administrative Rules Provide Clarity
Gustavo A. Suárez, Jennifer Peck Woodruff; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 26, 2016, previously published on July 8, 2016
Portland, Oregon’s ban-the-box law, the Removing Barriers to Employment Ordinance, took effect on July 1, 2016. The ordinance prohibits most Portland employers from asking about an applicant’s criminal history or conducting a background check on an applicant until after a conditional...

 

HTMLDepartment of Homeland Security Proposes USCIS Fee Increases
Caroline Tang; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 22, 2016, previously published on May 19, 2016
The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has proposed increasing the fees that United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) charges for certain immigration and naturalization filings. The proposal would increase USCIS fees by a weighted average of 21 percent and add one...

 

HTMLConnecticut Passes Ban-the-Box Legislation
Kelly M. Cardin, Jennifer Peck Woodruff; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 21, 2016, previously published on June 8, 2016
On June 1, 2016, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law a “ban-the-box” statute, which will take effect on January 1, 2017. The law, “An Act Concerning Fair Chance Employment,” Public Act No. 16-83, prohibits covered employers from inquiring about a...

 

HTMLSeventh Circuit Voids Employee Promises to Not Pursue Wage and Hour Claims as Members of a Class or Collective Action
David F. Loeffler; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 14, 2016, previously published on June 27, 2016
Many employers will be surprised to learn that, under some circumstances, the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) may regulate their ability to enter into certain contractual agreements with employees. The decision of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Lewis v. Epic Systems Corporation sets...

 

HTMLNew Colorado Law Requires Employee Access to Personnel Files
David D. Powell, Steven R. Reid; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 14, 2016, previously published on June 28, 2016
On June 10, 2016, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law House Bill 16-1432. Effective January 1, 2017, the new law will require private sector employers to allow employees to access their personnel files at least once annually. The law does not apply to public sector employers (whose...

 

HTMLLGBT Antidiscrimination Provisions to Apply to Louisiana Contractors on July 1
Andrew P. Burnside, Jacob C. Credeur; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
July 14, 2016, previously published on June 30, 2016
Government contractors in Louisiana should take note of the upcoming effective date of the state’s recently-signed antidiscrimination law. In April of 2016, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards (D) signed Executive Order JBE 2016 - 11, which protects lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender...

 


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